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Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

The Scorekeeping Project donation drive ended on Tuesday at noon my time roughly and we finished just north of $3,000. I imagine everything should be paid for, barring some huge catestrophe, and we’re probably gonna be able to do some Spanish-speaking broadcasts as well.

The next few months will be collecting data. Adam and I have (well, OK, Adam has) done a good deal of it so far, but we have a long way to go.

If you’d like to become a coder–and receive a small stipend for your coverage–please contact me at sethamitin at gmail.

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OK, here’s the deal.
I have bobbleheads.  I want you to donate to the kickstarter (see here) to help fund our scientific study in subtle racism.  We’re 400 dollars short of our goal.  Here’s what we’re gonna do.

If you donate 35 dollars, you get the manuscript, a thank you in the publication and your choice of a bobblehead from the list below. If you’ve already donated at least 20 dollars, please donate an additional 30 dollars.

After you donate, send a message to me via kickstarter saying “My name is John Doe, my address is 123 Fake Street, Amhurst, Mass., 12345, and I’d like the James Loney bobblehead.” THIS IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS and I’ll be updating the list as bobbleheads are claimed.

Your bobbleheads:

-Andre Ethier

-James Loney x3

-Russell Martin


Oliver Perez, Pirates

-Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Introducing: Scorekeeping: The Official Scientific Study (AND WE NEED YOUR HELP)

This is the big news I’ve wanted to announce for about six months.  Are you ready for this?

We’re taking Scorekeeping to the scientific realm.

That’s right, we’re making The Subtle Racism Project an official scientific study, complete with a lit review, reference variables, and a whole bunch of scientific IAT shit I barely understand.  Dingers reader and grad student Adam chimed in to help a couple of months ago and helped to create the model.

For now, we’re raising the money to get 30 people to watch 30 telecasts of baseball–basically from the beginning of September to the end of the season, if we’re lucky.  Click here to see the Kickstarter page.  Once we reach our goal, we’re all set.

But we need your help.  Forward this to friends; to family; to neighbors; to baseball fans world wide.  Let’s get this thing underway.

In the meantime, if you’d like to submit random, unscientific samples to the original Scorekeeping thread, click here.  I have about 50 minor examples so far this year.


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Taking Scorekeeping to the Next Level

Here ye, here ye.

Let this date mark the moving forward of the Scorekeeping agenda.

Scorekeeping will officially become a social study this summer. This means me and 29 other people will be watching about a month’s worth of baseball, listening to broadcasters talk and taking note any time the words hustle and other variations are used toward any player of any race.

The goal of this study is to determine the use of the word hustle in common language–in particular among broadcasters–and whether it has any association with a player’s race. Examples and counter-examples will be used.

If you’d like to take part in this in any way, please post in the comments section or email me at sethamitin at gmail dot com.

Thank you.

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Scorekeeping: Felipe Lopez’s Benching Marks First Major Incident of 2011

Felipe Lopez was benched for a lack of hustle on Friday.

Here’s more from Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com:

Rays INF Felipe Lopez was pulled from the game in the middle of the 11th inning by manager Joe Maddon for a lack of hustle.

Lopez did not run hard to first on an 11th-inning ground ball that ended up being bobbled, costing the Rays a baserunner in a key situation, amplified when Sean Rodriguez followed with a walk. It was the second time this week Lopez clearly did not run hard all the way to first – which is one of Maddon’s cardinal rules – and the issue was brought to his attention after the first incident in Wednesday’s game.

Some quotes via Topkin:

“He was great,” Maddon said. “I explained to him everything, he understood, he was not upset. I just want him to understand that’s how we do things here, and I’ve talked to him about it before. For us to be repeat AL East champs we’ve got to play the game a certain way, and that’s it.”

“Here’s my take: I feel like he and I have a good relationship – I really like this fella, he’s a very likable guy,” Maddon said. “Sometimes people where they come from just don’t understand, or it’s about prioritizing what is important and what is not. So maybe it’s not been presented to him in a way that this stuff is that important in the past. I just want him to know while he’s here, it is that important. So hopefully he’ll understand that and make the adjustments because I think he’s done a great job for us so far.”

Seems Maddon’s improved his approach on these things from last year with the <a href="http://dingersblog.com/2010/06/29/a-tale-of-two-centerfielders/&quot; BJ Upton incident.

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Scorekeeping: Jon Heyman’s Eternal Hatred for Latinos

Not really.

A friend pointed me to this blog and I gotta say, I’m a little jealous.

While it ranges for all sports, there was a tidy little article on Jon Heyman and his dislike for Luis Castillo/love for David Eckstein.

Eckstein is 36 years old. He has posted a career .280/.345/.355 batting line with an 87 OPS+ and 21.4 WAR.

Castillo is 35 years old. He has posted a career .290/.368/.351 batting line with a 92 OPS+ and 24.5 WAR.

Heyman has been effusive in his praise of Eckstein:

A two-time World Series champ, this all-time scrapper is a big plus for any clubhouse.

And on Twitter:

#phillies should sign david eckstein, who’s hoping for a 2b job, as insurance since utleys still hurting. #mysteryailment

He even went so far as to argue that the Mets should replace Castillo with Eckstein:

#mets should release castillo, bring in eckstein and immediately boost their attitude/karma

Meanwhile, he has bashed Castillo relentlessly for the past few months:

i am sick of luis castillo already this spring, and im not even in port st lucie anymore (and neither is he there, by the way)

Read the whole thing here

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Scorekeeping: Subtle Racism in Baseball, the 2011 thread.

Here’s the 2010 thread. Here’s the 2010 review parts I and II.

If you want a quick catch up, here’s what we’re doing.

We’re taking any instances in which a black, white, latino or asian player was belittled or praised for hustle, or lack thereof, or any other instances that may have a mildly racist connotation.

The major incidents are incidents that are without a doubt in clear view. This is almost exclusively benching for lack of hustle by a team’s manager or trading a player with mildly racist or xenophobic reasoning (attitude, behavior or the dreaded “clubhouse cancer”). Yunel Escobar being traded for attitude issues last year is one example.

The minor incidents are any incident in which a sports columnist, blogger, player, manager, coach, farm hand, broadcaster, groundskeeper, anonymous fan or sentient television says something with racist undertones. This is less scientific and more because we’re bitchy gossipers. However, I do keep a spreadsheet of who said what for fun.

These work both ways, though. We’re not looking for black players called lazy, we’re looking for white players called lazy; we’re looking for white players called out for lack of hustle and black players praised for hustle. If you want to see examples of either, please click the above links.

Without further ado, let’s get started in the comments section. As soon as you hear something, please post it.

Happy Opening Day, everyone.


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